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Suburban Chicago Destinations: Icing on the Cake

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Quote: Chicago and her suburbs are like a patchwork quilt spread over the land where giant women sat laughing and sharing stories as they took care creating and blending the towns to join Chicago being careful to connect each with just a little different flare of the needle.

Suburban Chicago Destinations: Icing on the Cake

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My grandparents lived at a time when the "country" began within a 20-minute drive of downtown Chicago. Cows roamed among the neat rows of corn behind their home. Little towns with a special charm and character of their own dotted the vast waving sea of corn and prairie grass that marched in all directions from the Great Lake Michigan. Tall church steeples rose above the towns ringing the angeleas to those who worked the land as well as those in the mom&pop places where locals took time to share their day with neighbors they loved (and those they loved to talk about!) Today, the "country" begins 70-90 minutes from downtown. Those special towns have all melted into each other like a crazy patch...Read More

Chicago Botanic Garden

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Attraction | "Chicago Botanical Gardens"

Chicago Botanic Garden Photo, Chicago, Illinois
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The Gardens are located 25 miles North of downtown Chicago on 385 mega acres of land with 75 lagoons and nine islands! It is open almost every day, even in winter, from 8 a.m. until sunset. There are special events,like the Monday night bell choir in summer where they have extended hours. Entrance is FREE, but parking fees are $7.75 a car ($ 5.75 for seniors). How many people can you pack into the car ?? There are a little over 23 sculpted and prepared gardens for you to enjoy, and all of them are vastly different from each other. Winding paths meander all over to allow you to just wander and enjoy the beauty all day long! There's a tram ride that I recommend you take first for an hour...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 9, 2001

Chicago Botanic Garden
1000 Lake Cook Road
Glencoe, Illinois 60022
+1 847 835 5440

Brookfield Zoo

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Located 14 miles West of downtown, this zoo is open almost every day of the year from 10:00-5:00. There are extended hours for special events such as the " Evenings in the Wild" in summer, and the " Holiday Magic." Currently, the seven seas seascape with the sea lions will be closed for renovations ( as of winter 2001), so keep checking for updates on that one. The zoo is located on 216 acres of wandering paths ( mostly flat and easy for wheelchair access or strollers) that will take you around the world with collections from Asia, Africa,North America, Australia as well as special houses for animals of the dark ( gotta love those bats!) and the reptile house with those creepy snakes. ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 9, 2001

Brookfield Zoo
8400 West 31st Street
Brookfield, Illinois 60513
(708) 485-0263

Six Flags Great America

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Attraction | "Great America/ 6 Flags"

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This park is located 45 minutes North of Chicago. Take I-94 north (sign will say West just to confuse the heck out of visitors!) to Grand Ave., which is Rt. 132. Discount coupons are often offered by Jewel food stores, at McDonalds, and local entertainment bookstores. The park also offers a " twicket" program where you can come back the next day for $ 5.00. The park opens around 10:00a.m. and closes at 10:00p.m. My kids are old enough that we usually stay most of those hours and we certainly get our fill of the new generation thrill rides! We had a Rotary exchange student from Norway who rated this park as "the best place in Chicago!" (from a 16 year-olds viewpoint!) We are talking about ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 9, 2001

Six Flags Great America
1 Great America Parkway/I-94 At Route 132
Gurnee, IL 60031
(847) 249-4636

Woodfield Mall

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Woodfield Mall Photo, Chicago, Illinois
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Chicago is famous for it's fickle weather and Woodfield Mega-mall, located 30 miles from downtown, with it's 300 stores under one roof and three levels of shopping just might save your day. For those of you who are power shoppers, this will be an orgasmic event featuring those high quality key stores like Nordstroms, Lord and Taylor, and Marshall Fields. Then there are the currently hip stores like Gap, Eddie Bauer, Aeropostle, and Guess.(My daughter gets that glassy-eyed look whenever we come here!). How about those specialty stores like Jessica McClintock formal wear, Swarovski crystal, and the Rand McNally Travel store? My favorite stores to just wander around are the Discovery Channel Store and th...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 9, 2001

Woodfield Mall
5 Woodfield Mall
Schaumburg, Illinois 60173
(847) 330-1537

Naperville Settlement

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This is a living outdoor history museum on 13 acres about 30 miles West of Chicago along the I-88 corridor. Winter hours are: November thru March 10:00-4:00 Tues thru Fri. Only the village exteriors are open Spring and Summer hours are: April thru Oct. 10:00-4:00 Tues. thru Sat. 1:00-4:00 Sunday July and August have Thurs. extended hour to 8p.m. The museum is centered around the 1883 Martin-Mitchell house which is undergoing some restoration work currently. The museum is careful to allow various parts of the home to be ope...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 9, 2001

Naperville Settlement
523 South Webster Street
Chicago, Illinois
(630) 420-6010